Dreaming in German

Dreaming in German Dreaming In German Turns On The Author S Immigration To South Carolina At Age 13, Her Childhood Spent Shuttling Back And Forth Between East And West Germany, And Her Struggle With The Meaning Of Home As Germany Transformed From Two States To One.This Book Combines An Immigrant Memoir From A Child Of The Global Professional Class With An Inside Look At The Effects Of German Division On Family Relationships From The Western Side Of The Wall.The Story Begins With Intimate Portraits Of Daily Life In Both Germanies During The Fifties And Early Sixties When The Author S Father, Who Had Spent Several Years As A POW In The US, Accepts The Opportunity To Realize His Dream To Return To America, The Family Encounters Culture Shock A Move From A Densely Populated Urban Area To Upstate South Carolina As Time Passes, The Narrator Is Torn Between The Desire To Return Home And Her Growing Adaptation To Life In The A New Country She Moves To New England, Then The Midwest Feeling Less Out Of Place With Each Move, But Still Longing For Home When The Wall Falls So Suddenly In 1989, She Is Euphoric Being Able To Visit Family Without Crossing The Dreaded East German Border Was A Childhood Fantasy She Never Expected To Realize But With Reunification Come Questions Of Inheritance, And The Idyll Of Family Unity Explodes As The Country S Borders Dissolve In The End, She Finds That For An Immigrant There Can Never Be A Simple Answer To The Question Where Is Home Autobiography of a German girl transplanted to the United States the author is very poetic and is right on in describing the cultural assimilation process Really great human story. This is a book written as a narrative the biography of a woman who immigrated from Germany with her parents to the US in 1966, at the age of 13 to South Carolina, in fact The story grew on me especially as it rather mirrored my early life, except that I immigrated from Denmark in 1956, and was a bit younger than her I recognized some of the same challenges, the same feelings about the foreigners in the new land, the same statements by parents, the same apprehensions about new friends This is a book written as a narrative the biography of a woman who immigrated from Germany with her parents to the US in 1966, at the age of 13 to South Carolina, in fact The story grew on me especially as it rather mirrored my early life, except that I immigrated from Denmark in 1956, and was a bit younger than her I recognized some of the same challenges, the same feelings about the foreigners in the new land, the sam
I didn t expect to like this biography as much as I did but it is very well written Claudia tells about life growing up in West Germany after her parents had moved from East Germany Consequently, Claudia travels to East Germany after the Berlin Wall was installed frequently to visit relatives She talks about what it was like to go through checkpoint and what life was like for the relatives Although not wealthy, they seemed to do ok and were generally happy Claudia s father transfers to th I didn t expect to like this biography as much as I did but it is very well written Claudia tells about life g
I don t usually read non fiction books, but I chose this frombecause the description sounded interesting and it was free I was pleasantly surprised While the primary theme was what where is home really, it was an interesting insight to someone from another culture moving to America as a young teen and discussing
This was a fascinating memoir of a woman who emigrated to the U.S with her family She was born in East Germany, spent the first few years in West Germany, then came to the South Though she now considers the U.S her home, she has never given up her German citizenship What is most fascinating is her descriptions of early childhood and her visits home to both Germanys I too felt nervous every time she crossed the border into E Germany, wondering if the family would end up detained Even afte This was a fascinating memoir of a woman who emigrated to the U.S with her family She was born in East Germany, spent the first few years in West Germany, then came to the South Though she now considers the U.S her home, she has never given up her German citiz
Her story of immigration to the U.S and life long homesickness is classic Her first 13 years in Germany colored her life forever after All immigrants can identify with her nostalgia and longing for home.While beautifully remembered and written, for me it had too many details, too many flights back and forth to Germany from the States, too many shifts in time lines, too many friends and family characters with similar names, and it was too long It was hard to keep track of the story which had Her story of immigration to the U.S and life long homesickness is classic Her first 13 years in Germany colored her life forever after All immigrants can identify with her nostalgia and longing for home.While beautifully remembered and written, for me it had too
Wunderbar Wundebar A wonderful, wonderful story of a young girl who is transplanted to South Carolina from her idyllic life in Germany, as a result of her Dad being transferred by his German company to the company s offices in South Carolina Having lived in Germany for 2 years, I was able to relate easily to her life in Germany and she gives Americans the opportunity to see America from the eyes of a foreign young woman Very interesting insights She also writes so beautifully about trave Wunderbar Wundebar A wonderful, wonderful story of a young girl who is transplanted to South Carolina from her idyllic life in Germany, as a result of
I really enjoyed this biography Her perspective was fascinating, and the documentation of her changing views and feelings was well done I love biographies, and this one did not disappoint The author is only a few years older than I am, so the book spanned a time period I knew well I understood and sympathized with her culture shock, wishing I could tell her that even some of us Americans might have felt similarly Her attention to detail, the food, clothing, how they lived, helps make this I really enjoyed this biography Her perspective was fascinating, and the documentation of her changing views and feelings was well done I love biographies, and this one did not disappoint The author is only a few years older than I am, so the book spanned a time period I kne
Claudia Poser provided a very interesting view of East Germany and the very personal, familial issues brought on by the East West divide and reunification As an Army brat, I was interested in and related to the author s descriptions later in life of a sense of not having a home Home is both anywhere and nowhere while I thought she presented the feeling of yearning for something you could never recapture very well, I would have enjoyeddiscussion about her attempts to fit in, especially Claudia Poser provided a very interesting view of East Germany and the very personal, familial issues brought on by the East West divide and reunification As an Army brat, I was interested in and related to the author s descriptions later in life of a sense of not having a home Home is both anywhere and nowhere while I thought she presented the feeling of yearning
I found Dreaming in German by Claudia Poser to be a very interesting read Claudia s father moves her family to the USA from Germany before Germany was reunited In her book, I learned some first hand experiences about East and West Germany that helped to bring history a little closer to reality for me It was interesting to read about her memories growing up in America as well Her story also brought back some of my own childhood memories helping me to realize that even though people may be fro I found Dreaming in German by Claudia Poser to be a very interesting read Claudia s father moves her family to the USA from Germany before Germany was reunited In her book, I learned some first hand experiences about East and West Germany that helped to bring history a little closer to reality for me It was interesting to read about her memories growing up in America as well Her story also brought back some of my own childhood memories helping me to realize that even though people may be f

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  • Paperback
  • 238 pages
  • Dreaming in German
  • Claudia Poser
  • English
  • 25 January 2018
  • 0578088320